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Meaning of surly

sur•ly

Pronunciation: (sûr'lē), [key]
— -li•er, -li•est.
  1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter.
  2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.
  3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky.
  4. lordly; arrogant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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